Category Archives: Photographer Profile

Natsumi Hayashi: Alias yowayowa, the Levitator

Now who said that levitating need effort, or magic? Well, this person proves you wrong, in any way. Presenting the levitating girl from Tokyo, Japan: Natsumi Hayashi, the woman behind Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary.

Courtesy of Natsumi Hayashi (yowayowa)|Sources are here, next is here, then here… and here!

Using her 5D Mark II (HOMG, I’ll wait for the 5D Mark III!), together with a Pentax lens (with adaptor), an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and/or the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, she levitates effortlessly using a self-timer, and sometimes, she would ask a friend to help her.

Tricks of the Trade:

– Shutter speed is usually 1/500, and in darker lighting, 1/320 is used.
– To make a composition, manual focus is used.
– Self-timer is activated.
– ALWAYS, as in always bring a tripod with you!

I will post some of my (fail!) levitating shots right here! Please don’t laugh alright!

Ashley Gosiengfiao: The lady behind orangeish Gosiengfiao|The lady behind orangeish/ashlili

Who is Ashley?

Ashley Gosiengfiao is the younger sister of cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao. Like her sister, she’s an Atenean and her high school alma mater is/was in Miriam College.

Being of Spanish-Chinese and Filipino descent, it is no doubt that her chinita-mestiza looks are very obvious, and it is also explained on her surname and middle name. Also, everyone would think that she’s well-off because she has everything: 12 guitars, a Canon 5D Mark II, a Mac computer, what else? However, Ashley explained that she and her sister are both hard-working.

Ashley the Photographer

Ashley started to teach herself photography at a very young age. At 19 years old, she turned professional, and it is clearly explained on her photographs. It is no doubt that she’s the official photographer of Alodia.

Here are some of her photographs (credits from her Flickr account):

Credits from Ashley’s Flickr|This is a very interesting photograph.
The Gamer II
Credits from Ashley’s Flickr|This one’s a classic! Alodia’s really good in posing for photographs.

Note: I can’t place some more photos. Click HERE and HERE if you want to see more.

Ashley is no doubt a really good photographer. She once said that she learned the adjustments by heart just before she got herself a 5D Mark II. Looking at most of her photos, everything is a classic. You won’t get tired of looking at her photographs, because they’re like jewels when she takes a single photograph. Edited or not, it reflects her passion in making them really wonderful.

For more Ashley…

The Importance of Being Ashley
My favorite blog post from Ashley

Joseph Cheng: The friendly deviant

I really do not know how to say this but…

He is one of the deviants in deviantArt who noticed my interest in photography. Aside from that, he spent time with me, talking about which camera I should get, and/or lens.

I really do not know how to show gratitude towards this guy. He’s really someone worth featured in this blog.

Credits from|I’m not sure if this is him; but yeah. ;D

Some things that an amateur/enthusiast should learn from this guy

EINS. First of all, he said that a real photographer could capture the best shot by using ANY kinds of camera, even from camera phones. Some of you might not know that I took some pictures by using my Nokia N8, whenever I take pictures of food (I really cannot post it right now unless you’re making a request haha).

ZWEI. This guy has real experience. He usually gives a lot of advice regarding which camera and/or lens to buy. When I first thought of buying the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, he said that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is better since most of his photography orgmates said that it is the better choice.

DREI. If you’re NOT a fan of both Canon or Nikon, Sony is the best option. Aside from its Carl Zeiss optics line-up, the IS/VR/OS is built into the camera rather than in the lens. No wonder, Sony offers more benefits to the consumer compared to the two leading camera brands. You really can’t question that Sony is a really good brand, which ranges to Home Entertainment System to handy-dandy electronics. Of course, when Sony and Minolta merged, the first Sony Alpha was born.

One of my friends told me that Sony is good in producing colors. Joseph proves that right. Most of his photos are not only good and presentable, but also, the colors are vibrant and “naturally” saturated.

VIER. This guy diversifies. He doesn’t only prove his talent by using a full-frame camera, but he also uses any types of camera. Just check his deviantArt for more.

FUENF. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a full-frame camera although not a professional photographer, for as long as the person operates the most in the camera.

How should I thank him?

Because of our conversation, I think I learned something from him, and also, he’s also informative. Our conversation is so far the most meaningful, and it’s really like a classroom online, sharing ideas.

I do not know how to say this, but I have to say thank you to this guy. (:

Photographer (and blogger) Profile: Eva Marie

This time, since Anything at Random is already closed, here it is…

Photo by me|Ate Camille has been an inspirational blogger/photographer (pardon me for the blur haha).

I featured her many times since alongside Kuya Andrew, we talked to each other when she wasn’t yet a graduate of La Salle. Well, I missed her so much that I owe her a lot when it comes to photography.

Of course, I knew Sir Xiao Chua through her (no joke), and it’s really an honor to meet him in person before I knew he’s featured in TV. I didn’t know that! xD

As a photographer

Well, why photographer? Almost every photograph has a meaning, if she’s going to take a picture. Well, everyone’s a photographer in their own kind, actually. If everyone will say, “It doesn’t mean that you have an SLR, you’re a photographer!”, that isn’t the concern at all. Look, my shots were only improved when I started out playing and exhausting my camera, and it worked, actually. To be honest with you, possessing a D-SLR will only mean greater opportunities and more benefits. It doesn’t only make you a photographer; it only makes your shots improved. However, Eva Marie (or Ate Cami – yes, Camille is pronounced the French way), proved that wrong. She owns a LOT of cameras, and click here if you wanna see the proof. (I really can’t post the actual photo here, kakahiya.)

She admits that she doesn’t have patience to learn post-processing. But how come she has such good photos?

It feels great taking photos. To be able to capture something that I may never encounter again gives me a feeling of satisfaction. Unlike some shutter-happy individuals, I take a snapshot when I feel like it, which may explain why there are moments when I carry my camera with me without taking a single picture. I’m quite selective when it comes to subjects.

This quote is from is her statement here.

As a blogger

Of course, you’ll love her blog, and it’s featured right here. If I talk about nonsense things and celebrities, she talks everything with sense. I like the way how she delivers her blog posts; you’ll really learn something. Well, a Lasallian blogger proves everyone wrong, that not all Ateneans are good bloggers. I love that, actually. She’s not the only blogger who proved that wrong; even Arnie proved that wrong as well.

*Sigh* Why can’t I be just like them? Haha.

Unlike my blog post about Language is Culture, hers is much more informative.

Andoy: Photojournalist next-door

Hello folks! This time, I’m making a blog entry about this guy who deserves a space here in this blog! That’s right people! He’s no other than…

Source|This guy’s no other than the most famous Lasallian photojournalist in TLS.

DISCLAIMER: The pictures here are NOT mine. I’m just doing this since this is a photography post. Photography posts need pictures, not just words alone.

Andrew Pamorada: Life in Pictures

To be honest with you, I knew him just before I went to La Salle. Through his Multiply blog, this is where I knew him. Dream niya talaga maging photojournalist, as far as I know. Anyways, he is also one of my favorite photographers aside from Tricia Gosingtian.

He is taking up BS-CS (wait, IST ba ‘yun?) and is a photo staff of The LaSallian. No wonder why most of the photos in La Salle come from him. Together with his comrade Martin San Diego, they both work together on a very tough assignment, be it sports or current events.

I appreciate him not only because his shots are awesome, but because he’s got the guts when he covers important news through his Nikon D40 and of course, his photography backpack (includes prime lenses and his Sigma telephoto lenses). Not to mention the signature “hat” and the vest that he usually wears, it’s like his trademark already.

Here are his shots (credits to him and his accounts from Facebook, Multiply, etc.) and shots of him too!

Andrew Pamorada|My two favorite photographers, Kuya Andrew and Ms. Tricia (aka when fashion and photojournalism collide).

That’s me with Kuya Andrew. GAH, don’t laugh again ay my dugyutin image huhuhu.

Andrew Pamorada|The Angelo Reyes suicide scene. See how the blood stained the gravestone of his own mother.

Andrew Pamorada|His look-alike in white is no other than Paul Cheng! Long lost brothers, eh? (:

More of his shots (don’t worry, naka-watermark naman, eh)…

His shots are really beautiful, like this one. See how the two colors contrast one another.

This is an example of an irony/paradox. There’s a sign that forbids people to go up the mountain/hill, but look at the top, there are people sitting there.

A very amazing shot. This is actually an example of a panorama, or a series of multiple photos merged into one panoramic photograph.

Whoa… you know how he did this macro shot? Simple: Reverse-lens technique (ooh sounds dangerous, but never mind).

“Children guessed, but only a few, and down they forgot as up they grew…,” –e.e. cummings

His humble beginning as a photographer

This is proof that he started from small things.

Oh, here’s another proof!

He once used a Canon Powershot, but when he got himself a D-SLR, it’s a Nikon. The transition, alright. It’s good that he started from small things to big things.

Now look where he is right now…

Andrew Pamorada|That’s a LOT of cameras!

Andrew Pamorada|The caricature, he’s really an icon!

He deserves a space here in this blog is because…

He’s one of my inspirations why I wanted to make money out of pictures. But not just now, I still have to be working as a diplomat for sure, and of course, although I wasn’t really a fan of photography before, at least I am inspired by this guy!

His shots made it to Manila Bulletin and YES! Magazine, I repeat. Because of his passion as a photojournalist, everyone’s inspired as well.

Here’s something that he wants to show the world…

Money (aka Philippine Peso banknotes) sending you a message!

Tricia Gosingtian: Every teenage girls’ inspiration

fashion-ism@tumblr|Tricia Gosingtian

I haven’t really met her yet in person (failed to go to Photog seminars in DLSU) but yeah, I really have to say that she deserves to be featured here in this blog as a fashion blogger, pro photographer and yeah, stylist.

I may not be updated in fashion (I’m quite the backwards type and the Korean fashion style was oh-so NOT me) but I was really inspired by her because she’s a photographer. I even told my mom to buy me the 5D Mark II because she has that camera… but then I realized that “Oh, 5D Mk II is for the pros.” I ain’t a pro, I’m only an amateur photographer who doesn’t aim to be internet-famous, but I aim to speak my mind, at least, on the Internet.

Well, so yeah. I love her style and I really love the way she dresses. With her doll face and her slender body, she’s really meant to be a fashion trendsetter.

Thank you for being an inspiration

Despite the controversy regarding her sentiments about fashion in the Philippines (yeah right that crab mentality shit), she made an apology and she stated that she’s being honest. There are a lot of fashionistas in the Philippines who are like her but with different style, but it doesn’t really mean that she doesn’t stand out right in front of the crowd. Siya lang talaga siguro ang exposed in the Philippine society because she isn’t only a fashion blogger; she is also a stylist, a photographer off-cam and most of all, she’s a graduate of ADMU with a degree in BFA Information Design (me fucking dream course haha).


Her statement that sparked issues in the Philippines ended up to be a mix of emotions. People are starting to slam her as “lumalaki ang ulo” because of what she said about fashion in the Philippines. Eh, ano ngayon kung ‘yun ang tingin niya, ‘di ba? If Ateneans have a reputation for being arrogant, does it mean kasama na rin si Tricia d’un? Of course, not. She’s just stating her opinion. Being fashion-forward is a different thing from fashion taste. If everyone is really fond of having straight hair, Tricia on the other hand, prefers to be curly and usually experiments with her hair.

Well, glad thing that’s over.

At the height of her career, she remains grounded

You’ll never gonna hear statements that would say that “Ay, ‘wag siya, hindi maganda ugali niyan” when it comes to Tricia. She’s very approachable and if you comment at her posts, she’ll respond. At least she replies, unlike other celebrities who are doing this for granted. She really acts professional and everyone really said that she’s really nice and friendly. She is also family-oriented, and you’ll notice that she’s very proud of her siblings, especially Calel, who is also a Lasallian, but he studies in Benilde.

I really feel so proud for Tricia not only as an amateur photographer myself, but also as a Filipina.